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Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Ankeny serving greater Des Moines, IA

If you fracture any of the 58 bones in your feet and ankles, getting the right treatment is crucial. Board-certified podiatrists Paul Dayton, DPM, MS, and Mindi Dayton, DPM, MHA offer expert care at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa in Ankeny, Iowa. They can diagnose your condition and give you the proper treatment with expert advice. Call the office today for an appointment, or use the convenient online booking tool.

Fractures Q & A

What are fractures?

Fractures can range in severity. Some fractures are tiny cracks in your bones. Other fractures involve a total break and the bone may pierce your skin.

Fractures typically occur as a result of:

  • Sports injury
  • Falling
  • Osteoporosis
  • Automobile accident
  • Other injuries

Fractures are treated in different ways. Some require wearing a boot or a brace to keep your foot or ankle stable for a period of time so it can heal. In other cases, stabilizing your foot or ankle may require surgery, with the implantation of screws, rods, or plates.

Once the expert podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa have diagnosed a fracture, they can determine the next steps to facilitate your healing.

What are the symptoms of a fracture?

Sometimes, a foot or ankle fracture doesn’t have obvious symptoms. Signs to look for include:

  • Pain when putting pressure on your foot
  • Swelling
  • Tingling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Numbness
  • Continued pain during normal activities

Your fracture might cause a bump in the area and the fractured bone may even poke out of your skin.

If you’re feeling consistent pain in your ankle or foot, see your podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa for a comprehensive evaluation of your condition so you can be treated effectively.

How are fractures treated?

Once you experience a fracture, it’s crucial to get treatment right away for healing to begin. If your injury isn’t properly set, it could heal incorrectly, possibly causing chronic pain and damage in the future.

When you see your doctor about your fracture, they may perform an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI to assess the condition of your ankle or foot. Once you’re diagnosed, your personalized treatment plan is put in place, which might include a cast or brace to immobilize your foot, traction to stretch your tendons or realign your bones, or surgery to repair broken bones.

Regardless of the severity of your fracture, visit Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa as soon as you suffer an injury to your foot or ankle. Even a minor stress fracture, which is a small crack or severe bruising in your bone, requires immediate attention.

If you suspect that you have a fracture in your ankle or foot, call Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa as soon as possible for an evaluation. You can also click on the online booking tool.